First Ever Gait Training Treadmill to Integrate Music Therapy

NEW Biodex Gait Trainer 3 shown with FreeStep and Integrated Music Therapy

Music is so powerful in the treatment of these [movement] disorders…

In response to the strong base of evidence supporting the use of music therapy techniques in treating gait disorders, Biodex Medical Systems, Inc. announces the release of their Gait Trainer 3 with an Integrated Music Therapy option. This is the first time music therapy has been joined with a biomedical system to aid in rehabilitating individuals with cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, stroke and Parkinson’s disease.

Decades of research point to the value of neurologic music therapy for treating sensorimotor functions. Rhythmic auditory stimulation (RAS) and patterned sensory enhancement (PSE) are two techniques using audio cues in music to activate areas of the brain that facilitate movements desirable for gait. By combining RAS and PSE music therapy capabilities with the instrumented deck of the Gait Trainer 3, Biodex takes the first step toward bringing this treatment into broader clinical use.

Music for Quality Movement

Since the music used in this type of treatment must be specifically selected or composed for this function (or else gait detriment could occur), Biodex teamed up with the Movement Tracks Project to equip the Gait Trainer 3 with a starter library of music therapy-informed compositions only licensed for use on this Biodex device. Therapists can also upload their own songs, and transfer them to a patient’s personal device to reinforce training outside the clinical setting.

Hope Young, president and founder of the Center for Music Therapy, Inc. and co-producer of the Movement Tracks Project explains, “The idea behind merging the music technologies…

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